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Analysis & Opinions

Policy Roundtable 1-3 on the International Atomic Energy Agency Statute at Sixty

| Nov. 19, 2016

Sixty years ago, on 23 October 1956, an international conference at the United Nations (UN) headquarters in New York adopted the Statute of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The document is almost as long as the UN Charter and remains the legal foundation of ‘the Agency,’ as the world nuclear organization is widely called.[1] This H-Diplo/ISSF policy roundtable uses the anniversary as an opportunity to discuss the IAEA’s mandate and role in history and current affairs. Does the IAEA Statute, which was written in a very different context, stand up to scrutiny today? What does the answer suggest about the IAEA and institutions of global nuclear governance more generally? How can the IAEA be strengthened?

Analysis & Opinions - Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists

Sustaining the Nuclear Watchdog with a Grand Budgetary Bargain

| May 11, 2016

Fukushima-related activities ended up consuming all unencumbered funding in the agency's safety and security budget for 2012 as well as requiring a one-off transfer of funds from other major programs. This incident illustrates graphically the hand-to-mouth existence of what is popularly known as the "nuclear watchdog."

Blog Post - Nuclear Security Matters

The Nuclear Security Summit and the IAEA: Advocating Much and Avoiding Specifics

| Apr. 08, 2016

The 2016 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in Washington D.C. on 1 April issued a seven-page Action Plan in Support of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It contains steps that the summit participants commit themselves to taking and those they “advocate” the Agency “pursue”. In endorsing this plan, 2016 Summit participants focused more detailed attention on the IAEA than those who participated in the previous four nuclear security summits.

What Price Nuclear Governance? Funding the International Atomic Energy Agency

Greg Webb / IAEA

Report - Managing the Atom Project, Belfer Center

What Price Nuclear Governance? Funding the International Atomic Energy Agency

| March 24, 2016

Trevor Findlay proposes a grand bargain to address the IAEA’s longstanding funding challenges. The report considers critical questions facing the Agency’s budget and finance, and concludes that funding is insufficient for the Agency to carry out its core functions; increasing reliance on voluntary funding is problematic; the budget negotiation process is not as effective or streamlined as it should be; and the current funding system is inequitable and inappropriate given changes in the nuclear industry since the IAEA was founded. Findlay recommends a number of steps to cut the Gordian knot between the funding of technical cooperation, nuclear safeguards, and nuclear security and break the impasse on IAEA funding.

Report - Managing the Atom Project, Belfer Center

Proliferation Alert! The IAEA and Non-Compliance Reporting

| Oct. 20, 2015

In this new report, Trevor Findlay provides the first comprehensive study of the IAEA's handling of states not complying with their non-proliferation obligations. The report finds that none of the cases have followed the non-compliance process outlined in the Agency's Statute and safeguards agreements. Rather, each case has posed unique challenges to the non-proliferation regime. The report concludes that creativity and deft statecraft are key to the handling of complex non-compliance cases.

News - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

Senior Research Fellow Trevor Findlay Speaks on Nuclear Safeguards at IAEA Symposium

| December 23, 2014

On October 21, 2014, Trevor Findlay, senior research fellow with the International Security Program and Project on Managing the Atom, chaired a session of the International Atomic Energy Agency's quadrennial Symposium on International Safeguards held at IAEA headquarters in Vienna. In addition to chairing the session on "Performance Management in Non-profit Organizations," he also presented a paper with a powerpoint slides on IAEA nuclear safeguards culture, "IAEA Safeguards Culture: 'Candy Concept' or Powerful Prism?"

Presentation - Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy School

IAEA Safeguards Culture: 'Candy Concept' or Powerful Prism?

| October 21, 2014

Trevor Findlay, senior research fellow with the International Security Program and Project on Managing the Atom, presented a paper at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)'s Symposium on International Safeguards in Vienna. The paper was on IAEA nuclear safeguards culture.

Discussion Paper - Managing the Atom Project, Belfer Center

Beyond Nuclear Summitry: The Role of the IAEA in Nuclear Security Diplomacy After 2016

| March 11, 2014

There has been much speculation as to what might replace the Nuclear Security Summits after 2016. One candidate touted as a suitable inheritor of the summits’ mantle is the International Atomic Energy Agency. In this discussion paper, Trevor Findlay examines whether and to what extent the IAEA could and should do so, what form its role might take, and how the Agency and summiteers might prepare for such an eventuality.